The Greater Sunraysia Pest Free Area Industry Development Committee is partnering with Swan Hill Rural City Council to present free information sessions on Queensland fruit fly.
The first information session will be held on Wednesday, 20 April from 7pm to 8.30pm at the Swan Hill Region Information Centre. This will be followed by an information session at the Robinvale Resource Centre on Thursday, 21 April from 7pm to 8.30pm.
The information sessions are open to all interested residents.
Swan Hill Rural City Council Director Development and Planning Adam McSwain encouraged community members in the Swan Hill and Robinvale areas to attend an information evening.
“Fruit flies are the world’s worst fruit pest and have the potential to threaten Australia’s $6.9 billion horticultural industry,” Mr McSwain said.
“Our region is particularly affected, with millions of dollars and hundreds of jobs at risk. Recently, there has been a dramatic rise in township outbreaks of fruit fly, which impact on growers’ ability to market and sell their produce.
“We’re inviting the community to come along and get an update on the latest information and strategies in managing fruit fly in a backyard. By managing fruit fly locally, this helps reduce the threat fruit fly poses to the region.”
Topics covered on the night will include tree management, sanitation, host tree removal, trapping, exclusion, bait spraying and cover spraying, and more.
There will also be an update regarding the next mass fruit fly trapping roll out, which is being planned for specific communities.
To find out about the different strategies to combat fruit fly visit www.preventfruitfly.com.au.
For more information contact the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources’ Queensland Fruit Fly hotline on 5051 4618 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.